Also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma!
Birman Scientific Classification
- Scientific Name
- Felis Catus
Birman Conservation Status
- Intelligent, sweet and affectionate
- Average Litter Size
- Common Name
- Also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma!
Birman Physical Characteristics
- Skin Type
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The Birman Cat (also known as the sacred cat of Burma) is thought to have originated in today’s Myanmar (Burma), and is thought to be a close relation of the popular Burmese cat. The Birman cat has a bright white and brown marked coat with beautiful blue eyes.
The Birman is an intelligent breed of cat that always appears interested in its surroundings. The Birman is a gentle natured and playful animal that relies on human affection and championship.
The legend of the Birman cat is thought to be that originally, the guardians of the Temple of LaoTsun were yellow-eyed white cats with long hair. The golden goddess of the temple, Tsun-Kyan-Kse, had deep blue eyes. The head priest, Mun-Ha, had as his companion a beautiful cat named Sinh. One day the temple was attacked and Mun-Ha was killed. At the moment of his death, Sinh placed his feet on his master. The cat’s white fur took on a golden cast, his eyes turned as blue as the eyes of the goddess, and his face, legs and tail became the colour of earth. However, his paws, where they touched the priest, remained white as a symbol of purity. All the other temple cats became similarly coloured. Seven days later, Sinh died, taking the soul of Mun-Ha to paradise.View all 81 animals that start with B
Birman FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are Birmans herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores?
Birmans are Omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals.
What Kingdom do Birmans belong to?
Birmans belong to the Kingdom Animalia.
What class do Birmans belong to?
Birmans belong to the class Mammalia.
What phylum to Birmans belong to?
Birmans belong to the phylum Chordata.
What family do Birmans belong to?
Birmans belong to the family Felidae.
What order do Birmans belong to?
Birmans belong to the order Carnivora.
What genus do Birmans belong to?
Birmans belong to the genus Felis.
What type of covering do Birmans have?
Birmans are covered in Hair.
How many babies do Birmans have?
The average number of babies a Birman has is 6.
What is an interesting fact about Birmans?
Birmans are also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma!
What is the scientific name for the Birman?
The scientific name for the Birman is Felis Catus.
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